April 30 morning skate quotes: Jake Muzzin - LA Kings Insider

On the feelings of heading into his first Stanley Cup Playoff game:
“I’m excited. All year you play and you want to get into the playoffs, and here we are. So it’s definitely exciting, and I feel ready to go.”

On playing with Keaton Ellerby:
“We’re just going to play our game. Move pucks quick, take the body, get the puck out of our zone. On the power play, hopefully provide on the power play if I can, but it’s the same attitude we’ve had all year. Just play solid and move pucks.”

On the aspects that he’s grown at the most this season:
“I think being a little bit more consistent in my game and keeping it simple and not trying to force plays. That’s been big for me, being consistent. I think I’ve improved offensively with scoring some goals and stuff like that. For the most part, though, just being consistent and being mentally ready.”

On the view of St. Louis’ pressure and physicality from the ice:
“We know they’re forechecking, and we know they’re coming to hit and take the body, so we’ve got to move pucks quickly. I think if we move pucks quickly and get out of our zone quickly, it’ll be easier for us to not take as many bumps or to let their forecheck take a toll on us.”

On the speed at which the power play has been operating:
“And I think we really haven’t had a lot of power plays lately. But we definitely created opportunities and chances, and I think the guys are ready. The pucks are moving good on the ice. So hopefully tonight if we get an opportunity we’ll take advantage.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.